Amazon WorkSpaces gets Office 2013 in latest update

Amazon Web Services has refreshed WorkSpaces with an updated bundle system and more options for Office.


Amazon WorkSpaces, the virtual desktop computing environment AWS introduced last fall, has been refreshed with a updated bundle system that gives users the option of using Office 2013.

The Value bundle is the newest addition. The company said it was designed for casual users, like those who run a browser and a couple productivity programs. It includes 1 vCPU, 2 GB of memory, and 10 GB of user storage and costs $25 per month, per user.

And then there’s the Plus version, which is where users can pay $40 per month for access to the Office 2013 option, as well as Office 2010 and Microsoft Office Professional. 

The Standard bundle was upgraded with additional hardware resources, which AWS says will automatically be rolled out, at no extra charge, to existing WorkSpaces using that bundle. The update will take place during assigned maintenance windows for each AWS region, which should be by the end of the year. The Plus version of the Standard bundle also comes with the Office options.

AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr said in a blogpost that the upgrades are part of a series of feature releases for WorkSpaces, such as the multi-factor authentication rolled out in August . That update enabled users to log in with their Active Directory user name and password, followed by the use of a one-time passcode supplied by a hardware or a software token.

With the AWS re:Invent conference kicking off next week in Las Vegas, this is probably just the beginning wave of AWS tweaks and upgrades.